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SARAH WASSON

DEPTH THROUGH DILUTION

Senior Project APRIL 2017

In many religions, water is considered a sacred healer, cleanser, renewal of the soul and a great giver of life. We submerge ourselves in it, build our homes around it and feed it into our bodies. Water is more than a vital part of our lives, it is a necessity and without it we cannot survive. 


Depth Through Dilution is a body of work exploring the movement, fluidity and relationship between man and water. Inspired by my childhood growing up around the ocean and the life force the ocean embellishes, this show is an interpretation of the connectedness and necessity water partakes with all living things.  Through these works I intend your eyes to be immersed in the depth, movement and fluidness of the materials and to be overcome with sensation of the ocean. The work is best experienced when the gallery is quiet to achieve a zen-like sense of serenity and emotional connection to the aqueous nature of the ocean. 


Depth Through Dilution is a four piece body of work created with acrylics, location based water, sand and soil, on canvas. Each canvas started out with a pour-staining method of watered down acrylics to set the stage for the layering process. While each layer takes 5-10 hours to dry, every layer on each canvas was done on the same day. After the first stain layer is dry, I use an acrylic pen to roughly sketch the next areas in which I will focus the subsequent layer. While using fluid and watered down acrylics is unpredictable, accepting the unknown is the part of the process that I have come to love. My process involves applying 8-10 layers using a variety of tools such as sponges, palette knives, chopsticks, and wide width brushes. These tools allow me to manipulate and mix the acrylic right on the canvas. Once a painting reaches completion, it is coated with a gloss to protect the acrylic that may have separated from its bonding agent, while also giving the painting a finished resin appeal.